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I've been getting more into macro photography recently, my main interests having been sports and birds/wildlife. I enjoy taking pictures of insects mostly, on walks/hikes, handheld. My current macro-related gear are Canon 6D and 7D bodies, and a Canon 100mm macro (non-L/IS) and Tamron 180 macro. In bright sunlight, the challenge is that the sun is effectively a point source of light that creates strong highlights that reduce image quality. In shade, the challenge is with ISO/shutter speed necessary to expose the image at f/8 -f/16 where I typically shoot.
My question is whether it would be better to invest in a macro flash (mt-24 ex), or an image-stabilized 100L. The former, it seems to me, would help in both sunny and shady conditions, the latter only in shady conditions. But I am interested in the views of the amazing photographers who post here. Am I better off with a a next-step of flash, or IS?
Here are some recent samples, so you have a sense of my relative skills or lack thereof.
Canon EOS 6D EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens 100mm f/11.0 1/400s 1600 ISO 0.0 EV
Canon EOS 7D 180mm lens 180mm f/11.0 1/400s 500 ISO 0.0 EV
Canon EOS 7D 180mm lens 180mm f/11.0 1/640s 320 ISO 0.0 EV
Canon EOS 7D 180mm lens 180mm f/11.0 1/640s 500 ISO 0.0 EV